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NFL Draft Roundup 8.0: Mike Mayock Drops DeShone Kizer to Fourth in QB Rankings

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The pre-draft slide continues for the former Irish signal caller.

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Mike Mayock still believes DeShone Kizer could have a great NFL career. That did not, however, stop the NFL Network analyst from dropping the former Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback from first to fourth on his positional rankings Wednesday.

“The reality for me is I haven’t changed my opinion on any of these kids,” Mayock told the NFL Network this morning. “But I’ve been around the NFL people for the last six weeks. And, from my perspective, Kizer still has the biggest ceiling of any quarterback in this draft. He’s the prototypical NFL franchise quarterback. But he’s not ready to play. I think he’s a year or two away from stepping on an NFL field.

“Now Mahomes is exciting as all get-out. And there’s a lot of momentum in the NFL for Patrick Mahomes. What he is is a pure gunslinger. He wants to hit a home run every snap of the game. And I really have two or three questions on him. No. 1: Can he settle for a single instead of a home run? No. 2: Can he win in the pocket on a consistent basis? And No. 3: Can he work on his fundamentals, techniques and decision making? And if he can, I’m telling you guys: He’s the most exciting quarterback in this year’s draft.”

Mayock said he believes North Carolina Tar HeelsMitch Trubisky is the “most ready to play” of the five quarterbacks on his position rankings. The analyst put the Clemson TigersDeshaun Watson first, then Trubisky, Texas Tech Red Raiders’ Mahomes, Kizer and California Golden BearsDavis Webb.

Mayock’s comments this morning are a mirror of the mock drafts released so far. I’ve looked at predictions from 208 analysts. Of those, exactly half — 104 — now say Kizer is not a first-round pick. If we consider just the 72 mocks released in the last week, the percentage is worse. Fifty-eight percent of that group says Kizer is a second round pick.

While the Texas A&M Aggies’ defensive end Myles Garrett is a near consensus first pick in mock drafts, there is no true agreement regarding which order the quarterbacks will be taken — and which teams will select them.

For this study, I looked only at the 118 analysts who released mock drafts since March 31.

  • The median pick for Trubisky is No. 12, which is currently owned by the Cleveland Browns.
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  • The median pick for Mahomes is No. 25, at present owned by the Houston Texans
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  • The median pick for Kizer, as I mentioned above, is “somewhere in the second round.”
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DeShone Kizer’s Mock Draft Position

Draft analyst Publication Date of Mock Kizer at... Team
Draft analyst Publication Date of Mock Kizer at... Team
247 Sports Staff 247 Sports 4/06/2017 34 San Francisco 49ers
Aaron Bunten WFAA-TV (Dallas) 4/10/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Aaron Wilson Houston Chronicle 4/09/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Adam Gorney Rivals 4/06/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Adam Greene Get More Sports 3/29/2017 25 Houston Texans
Adam Kurkjian Athlon Sports 3/27/2017 25 Houston Texans
Adam Wells Bleacher Report 4/01/2017 25 Houston Texans
Alec Nathan Bleacher Report 4/06/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Andre Simone BSN Denver 4/07/2017 39 New York Jets
Andrew Gribble ClevelandBrowns.com 4/04/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Andrew Juge This Given Sunday 3/21/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Andrew Mason DenverBroncos.com 3/21/2017 25 Houston Texans
Anthony Broome 247 Sports 4/06/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Anthony Messina Sports Blog 3/11/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Art Stapleton The Record (N.J.) 3/31/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Arthur Arkush Pro Football Weekly 4/06/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Ben Lamers Stampede Blue 4/05/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Ben Standig CSN Mid-Atlantic 4/07/2017 25 Houston Texans
Bob McManaman The Arizona Republic 2/16/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Brad Biggs Chicago Tribune 3/31/2017 25 Houston Texans
Brad Gagnon Bleacher Report 4/04/2017 25 Houston Texans
Brad Weiss FanSided 4/07/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Brandon Yamrick Real Sport 3/29/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Brennan Smith The Salt Lake Tribune 3/20/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Brent Sobleski Bleacher Report 3/21/2017 34 San Francisco 49ers
Brian Johannes NFL Draft Geek 4/07/2017 32 New Orleans Saints
Brian Mazique Forbes 4/10/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Bryan Luis INSC Magazine 3/13/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Bucky Brooks NFL.com 4/11/2017 30 Pittsburgh Steelers
Cameron Wolfe The Denver Post 3/31/2017 25 Houston Texans
Carl Cockerham With the First Pick 4/06/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Chad Reuter NFL.com 3/30/2017 45 Arizona Cardinals
Charean Williams Fort Worth Star-Telegram 3/31/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Charley Casserly NFL.com 3/28/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Charlie Campbell WalterFootball 4/06/2017 30 Pittsburgh Steelers
Chris Burke Sports Illustrated 4/05/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Chris Emma CBS Chicago 3/29/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Chris Fedor Advance Media (Cleveland) 3/24/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Chris Ransom Draft Utopia 4/11/2017 25 Houston Texans
Chris Roling Bleacher Report 4/11/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Cody Williams NFL Spin Zone 4/11/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Cole Thompson The Draft Wire 3/07/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Connor Hughes NJ.com 4/06/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Connor Reilly SEC Country 4/12/2017 25 Houston Texans
D. Orlando Ledbetter Atlanta Journal-Constitution 3/29/2017 Not in the first round n/a
D.J. Boyer DraftSite.com 4/09/2017 38 Los Angeles Chargers
Dan Bilicki Toronto Sun 4/04/2017 32 New Orleans Saints
Dan Duggan NJ Advance Media 3/13/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Dan Kadar SB Nation 4/10/2017 34 San Francisco 49ers
Dan Schmelzer NFL Spin Zone 2/27/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Dan Wilkins The Score 4/04/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Dane Brugler CBS Sports 4/11/2017 32 New Orleans Saints
Daniel Jeremiah NFL.com 4/04/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Danny Kelly The Ringer 4/11/2017 Not in the first round n/a
DaRon Frost Pro Players Insider 2/26/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Darryl Slater NJ Advance Media 4/10/2017 32 New Orleans Saints
Dave Archer Falcons Radio Network 4/06/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Dave Birkett Detroit Free Press 4/12/2017 25 Houston Texans
David Harrison The Pewter Plank 3/13/2017 Not in the first round n/a
David McCracken Bleacher Report 2/21/2017 20 Denver Broncos
David Wyatt Gang Green Nation 2/16/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Dieter Kurtenbach Fox Sports 4/06/2017 25 Houston Texans
Doug Martz Draft Board Guru 3/26/2017 Not in the first round n/a
DraftBlaster Staff DraftBlaster.com 4/11/2017 25 Houston Texans
DraftTek Staff DraftTek 4/05/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Eddie Brown San Diego Union-Tribune 4/06/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Eliot Shorr-Parks NJ Advance Media 4/08/2017 25 Houston Texans
Emily Kaplan MMQB 3/07/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Eric Edholm Yahoo! 3/15/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Eric Galko The Sporting News 4/11/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Erik Lambert NFL Mocks 4/06/2017 32 New Orleans Saints
FF Prophet Staff Fantasy Football Prophet 2/28/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Gary Davenport Bleacher Report 3/27/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
George Stockburger NFL Mocks 3/30/2017 38 Los Angeles Chargers
Greg Vorse Spectrum News 3/29/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Henry Buggy 4th And Goal 3/28/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Hub Arkush Pro Football Weekly 3/27/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Ian Rhodes Local 4 / Click on Detroit 3/29/2017 Not in the first round n/a
J.C. Talon Pro Football Weekly 4/03/2017 25 Houston Texans
Jacob Infante Cover 32 3/27/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Jacob Louque Baltimore Beatdown 3/15/2017 Not in the first round n/a
James Fedewa National Fanatic 3/24/2017 30 Pittsburgh Steelers
James Kratch NJ Advance Media 4/03/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Jared Dubin CBS Sports 4/07/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Jared Sherman CSNPhilly.com 3/20/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Jarvis Davis 92.9 The Game (Atlanta) 4/06/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Jason B. Hirschhorn Sports on Earth 3/08/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Jason Lieser Palm Beach Post 3/15/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Jason McIntyre The Big Lead 3/29/2017 17 Washington Redskins
Jay Skurski The Buffalo News 3/24/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Jayson Braddock Scout 3/22/2017 32 Cleveland Browns
Jeff Mullen NFL Draft Geeks 4/06/2017 25 Houston Texans
Jeff Risdon RealGM 3/29/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Jeff Schudel The News-Herald 4/07/2017 25 Houston Texans
Jim Mastrucci Sports Blog 4/08/2017 6 New York Jets
Joe Buscaglia WKBW-TV (Buffalo) 4/06/2017 32 New Orleans Saints
Joe Malfa Turn on the Jets 3/24/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Joe Redemann numberFire 3/03/2017 6 New York Jets
John Harris Washington Post 4/06/2017 Not in the first round n/a
John Leinweber Sports Blog 4/06/2017 Not in the first round n/a
John Manuel Fanspeak 4/05/2017 Not in the first round n/a
John McClain Houston Chronicle 4/09/2017 Not in the first round n/a
John Michaels Atlanta Falcons sideline reporter 4/06/2017 25 Houston Texans
Johnathan K. Henson Revenge of the Birds 3/20/2017 57 Houston Texans
Jon Chuckery 92.9 The Game (Atlanta) 4/06/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Jon Dove With the First Pick 4/07/2017 34 San Francisco 49ers
Jonathan Valencia Breaking Football 3/10/2017 23 New York Giants
Joseph Zucker Bleacher Report 4/11/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Josh Norris Rotoworld 4/03/2017 23 New York Giants
Justin Bales FF Today 4/03/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Justin Rogers The Detroit News 3/21/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Justis Mosqueda Bleacher Report 1/23/2017 2 San Francisco 49ers
Keet Bailey Breaking Football 3/17/2017 57 Houston Texans
Keith Mullins Cowboys Wire 2/28/2017 3 Chicago Bears
Kenneth Arthur Sports on Earth 3/28/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Kevin Hanson Eat Drink and Sleep Football 4/07/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Knox Bardeen 92.9 The Game (Atlanta) 4/06/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Kristopher Knox Bleacher Report 4/12/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Kyle Crabbs FanRag Sports 3/06/2017 2 San Francisco 49ers
Kyle Davis With the First Pick 4/10/2017 34 San Francisco 49ers
Kyle Posey Fanrag Sports 4/10/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Lance Zierlein NFL.com 3/27/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Lou Pickney DraftKing.com 3/25/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Louis Kamberovski Local 4 / Click on Detroit 4/05/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Luke Easterling The Draft Wire 4/03/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Mark Easson MyNFLDraft.com 3/29/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Mark Eckel NJ Advance Media 3/20/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Matt Burke Metro.us 2/27/2017 34 San Francisco 49ers
Matt Falk Draftseason 4/03/2017 25 Houston Texans
Matt Hammond Sports Radio 610 (Houston) 4/06/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Matt Lombardo NJ Advance Media 3/30/2017 25 Houston Texans
Matt Miller Bleacher Report 4/07/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Matthew Olson Real Sport 3/10/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Matthew Urben SideLion Report 3/21/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Maurice Moton Bleacher Report 4/08/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Max Himelstein NFL Draft Blitz 3/22/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Mel Kiper Jr. ESPN 4/05/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Michael Pallas The Jet Express 2/06/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Michelle Bruton Bleacher Report 3/21/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Micky McKeon Mockout 3/27/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Mike Conti Falcons Radio Network 4/06/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Mike Farrell Rivals 4/06/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Mike Kaye First Coast News 3/15/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Miles Dittberner Cover 32 4/03/2017 25 Houston Texans
Nate Davis USA Today 4/06/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Nathan Zegura ClevelandBrowns.com 4/04/2017 Not in the first round n/a
NFL Mock Staff NFLMock 4/03/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Nicholas Goss NESN 4/06/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Nicholas McGee Draft Breakdown 3/21/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Nick Klopsis Newsday 3/29/2017 25 Houston Texans
Nick Rodriguez Endzone Score 4/03/2017 2 San Francisco 49ers
Nik Edlund NFL Draft Season 3/27/2017 33 Cleveland Browns
Niners Nation Staff Niners Nation 4/02/2017 34 San Francisco 49ers
Noah Strackbein Slap the Sign 3/30/2017 3 Chicago Bears
Nora Princiotti The Washington Times 3/20/2017 32 New Orleans Saints
Oliver Connolly All 22 3/01/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Pat Kirwan & Jim Miller Movin' The Chains 4/06/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Maks ClevelandBrowns.com 4/04/2017 30 Pittsburgh Steelers
Paul A. Edson Jr. Elite Sports NY 4/03/2017 25 Houston Texans
Paul Banks The Sports Bank 4/11/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Paul Hudrick CSNPhilly.com 4/11/2017 30 Pittsburgh Steelers
Pete Camarillo Inquisitr 4/07/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Pete Prisco CBS Sports 3/29/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Peter Schrager Fox Sports 3/21/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Phillip Heilman The Florida Times-Union 3/24/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
R.J. White CBS Sports 4/08/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Randy Gurzi NFL Spin Zone 4/01/2017 59 Kansas City Chiefs
Ray Didinger Comcast SportsNet 4/03/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Ray Mecino NFL Rough Draft 3/09/2017 45 Arizona Cardinals
Richard Sena Vavel 3/25/2017 45 Arizona Cardinals
Rob Rang CBS Sports 4/10/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Rob Staton Seahawks Draft Blog 3/28/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Robert Davis Football is Future 2/22/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Russell Brown NFL Mocks 3/06/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Ryan Griffith Breaking Football 2/25/2017 3 Chicago Bears
Ryan McCrystal DraftAce / Bleacher Report 4/06/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Ryan Wilson CBS Sports 4/05/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Sam Farmer Los Angeles Times 4/01/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Samuel Fuller FullerMetrics 3/06/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Sayre Bedinger NFL Mocks 4/02/2017 25 Houston Texans
Scott Krinch CSN Chicago 3/30/2017 27 Kansas City Chiefs
Scott Polacek Bleacher Report 3/06/2017 12 Cleveland Browns
Scott Wright Draft Countdown 4/03/2017 34 San Francisco 49ers
SI NFL Staff Sports Illustrated 4/12/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Stephen Cohen Seattle Post-Intelligencer 3/16/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Steve Palazzolo Pro Football Focus 4/04/2017 57 Houston Texans
Steve Serby NY Post 3/25/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Steve Shoup Fanspeak 3/29/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Steve Silverman CBS Local (NY) 4/11/2017 32 New Orleans Saints
Steven Petrella Land of 10 4/11/2017 36 Chicago Bears
Steven Ruiz For the Win/USA Today 3/07/2017 25 Houston Texans
Tab Bamford Daily Chicago Sports Tab 3/11/2017 2 San Francisco 49ers
Tankathon Staff Tankathon 4/04/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Terez A. Paylor Kansas City Star 3/17/2017 25 Houston Texans
Tim Campbell Live 4 Sport Network 4/10/2017 31 Arizona Cardinals
Timothy Rapp Bleacher Report 4/08/2017 25 Houston Texans
Todd McShay ESPN 4/05/2017 33 Cleveland Browns
Tom Downey Chat Sports 4/08/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Tony Grossi ESPN Cleveland 4/10/2017 25 Houston Texans
Tyler Conway Bleacher Report 4/09/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Vasilis Lericos Baltimore Beatdown 3/07/2017 25 Houston Texans
Viking Update Staff Viking Update 3/31/2017 25 Houston Texans
Vinnie Iyer Sporting News 4/10/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Walter Cherepinsky WalterFootball 4/11/2017 30 Pittsburgh Steelers
Will Brinson CBS Sports 4/06/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Will Carroll ALL 22 1/24/2017 2 San Francisco 49ers
WRGW Staff WRGW District Radio 3/31/2017 13 Arizona Cardinals
Xavier Cromartie College Football Metrics 4/11/2017 Not in the first round n/a
Yardbarker Staff Yardbarker 4/06/2017 34 San Francisco 49ers
Zach Goodall Big Cat Country 3/13/2017 25 Houston Texans
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